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Ledley 'to remain' at Bluebirds

By Peter Shuttleworth and Steffan Garrero

Joe Ledley
Cardiff fan Joe Ledley has played for the Bluebirds since the age of nine

Joe Ledley will not leave Cardiff City in the January transfer window, according to his agent.

Ledley's agent David Baldwin insists the Wales midfielder will see out the remaining 18 months of his Ninian Park deal before leaving on a free transfer.

FA Cup finalists Cardiff refused a 6m bid for Ledley from Stoke in the summer while he has been linked to Everton.

But Baldwin said: "The most likely with Joe is that maybe he plays his contract out, then we see where we are."

The highly-rated 21-year-old, who has captained Cardiff in Stephen McPhail's absence in the last few games, is one of the hottest properties outside the Premier League.

And Everton have previously had offers turned down by Cardiff.

Everton boss David Moyes was at Turfmoor on Tuesday to watch Ledley durings Cardiff's draw with Burnley, fuelling speculation he was considering an offer for the 24-times capped Wales international.

Cardiff's Championship rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers also had a bid refused by the Bluebirds last year but Ledley is still being monitored by a host of Premier League clubs such as Manchester City, Fulham and West Brom.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis, a fellow Welshman, is apparently set to test Cardiff's resolve again in January with another 6m bid for Ledley.

Pulis revealed: "If the deal is right for the club, the money is there for me."

However, his agent believes Ledley, who has made 194 Cardiff appearances since his debut in the League Cup against Milton Keynes Dons in September 2004, will stay in south Wales in the short-term.

If Ledley does remain at Cardiff, he will be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with another club in January 2010, six months before his City contract expires.

He added: "It is most likely that we'll see Joe in Cardiff colours for pretty much the foreseeable future."

Cardiff chairman Peter Ridsdale and boss Dave Jones had apparently spoken to Ledley's representatives about extending the player's contract at Ninian Park.

606: DEBATE

But Baldwin said: "I can categorically say that we've had no talks with Cardiff City.

"There's been no new contract offered so I'm somewhat baffled by that one. "I've been bombarded by people asking about this so-called new contract he's been offered by City and that we're in negotiations and we're going to have further talks by the end of the month."

But Baldwin added: "He's a Cardiff boy and a Cardiff fan, he loves playing for the club.

"The fact that he's been captain of the club for the last couple of games has been a great honour for him.

"I just think it's somewhat of an awkward situation because he has got 18 months left on his contract."

Cardiff, who are still an estimated 30m in debt, have sold 10m worth of talent this year.

But it now seems unlikely Ledley will follow Aaron Ramsey, Chris Gunter and Glenn Loovens out of Cardiff.

Cardiff City assistant manager Terry Burton dismissed the speculation and said: "Any player that plays well, will always get interest and Joe plays consistently well.

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"That's what is nice about Joe, you know that whatever is happening in any game, you always get the same from Joe.

"He works hard, gets up and down the pitch, gets into positions to score goals and he is a great team player.

"He has the ability to play at the very highest level...I'm sure other clubs will want him.

"You never want to lose your best players but that's part and parcel of football."

The Championship club are considering permanent moves for current loan stars Wayne Routledge and Michael Chopra, from Premier League sides Aston Villa and Sunderland respectively.

It was thought Cardiff would need to sell Ledley to raise funds for those players but news of Ledley remaining with the Bluebirds, puts any prospective moves for Routledge and Chopra in doubt.

Hear the full interview with Ledley's agent David Baldwin on The Back Page on BBC Radio Wales at 0830 GMT on Saturday 13 December.

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see also
Ipswich v Cardiff
12 Dec 08 |  Championship
Barnsley 0-1 Cardiff
06 Apr 08 |  FA Cup
Ledley extends Cardiff contract
02 Oct 07 |  Cardiff


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